Trying to install Windows XP on a new HDD in a Compaq Presario 6500 notebook (model no 6501XX, originally shipped with Windows Vista 32bit).
However despite my efforts the computer refuses to boot from CD. I have tried:
- Booting from several (bootable installer) CD/DVD's (even a HP Windows 7 restore DVD)
- Checking that CD is bootable in BIOS
- Using an external (USB connected) CD/DVD drive
- Updated the BIOS to latest version (Phoenix BIOS V34)
When Windows is booted from HDD there seem to be nothing wrong with the internal DVD drive, it can read and burn CD/DVD's. Also I can confirm that the external CD reader is fine.
On startup, pressing F9 brings the boot device menu. It only shows the internal hard disk as an option, whatever disc I put in. I have searched the web and HP troubleshooting without luck. Any suggestions?